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The Six Phases Of Project Management – Introduction (#1 in the Hut Project Management Handbook)
By Wouter Baars

The model that is discussed here forms the basis for all methods of project management. Later articles go into more depth regarding a model that is particularly appropriate for IT-related projects.

Dividing a project into phases makes it possible to lead it in the best possible direction. Through this organisation into phases, the total work load of a project is divided into smaller components, thus making it easier to monitor. The following paragraphs describe a phasing model that has been useful in practice. It includes six phases:

  1. Initiation phase (Idea)
  2. Definition phase (What?)
  3. Design phase (How?)
  4. Development phase (How to implement?)
  5. Implementation phase (Implementation)
  6. Follow-up phase (Maintenance)

Next in the Hut Project Management Handbook:

The Six Phases Of Project Management – Initiation Phase

Wouter Baars has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. He has been a project manager for several years for The European commission, Waag Society, KPN (Dutch telecom provider) and many smaller organizations. He is specialized in creative projects such as serious game development, e-learning and software development. Currently he is teaching project management and coaching organizations that are working on their project management. More info on his work: www.projectmanagement-training.net.

Originally published by DANS – Data Archiving and Networked Services – The Hague

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